Community roundup
May 3, 2001

It is time for another Super Bingo at the Accokeek Fire House Activity Hall on Sunday, May 6.

Doors open at 1 p.m., with dinner at 2 p.m. and bingo at 3 p.m. Admission is $15. There will be three guaranteed $500 jackpots, two $250 jackpots and all regulars pay $100. Free coffee, tea, punch will be available. Sodas will be sold. Dinner is $3 for all bingo players -- no carryouts!

'A Raisin In the Sun'

The Port Tobacco Players are presenting "A Raisin In the Sun" at their theater in La Plata May 4 through 20. Call 301-932-6819 for reservations.

Brandywine Lions Craft Fair

The Brandywine Lions Club is holding its annual Craft Fair, May 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at U.S. 301 and Cherry Tree Crossing Road, across from the Cheltenham Cemetery. Parking is free. Admission is $4 for adults and free for younger than 11.


The JFK Knights of Columbus will meet at the Council Hall May 7 at 8 p.m.

The Calvert Manor Garden Club will meet at the home of a member May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Accokeek Area Lions Club will meet at the B&G Inn May 10 at 7:30 p.m.


Celebrating birthdays this week are: April 29, Carol Bazzarree and Mrs. Blanche Abernethy; April 30, Linda Daly and Clarence Gates; May 1, Jean Gilbert, Tamara Corea and Judy Wynn Rickett; May 2, Mark Jewell, Manning Clagett, Wayne Showalter and Betsy Black; May 3, Jana Borras; May 4, Eileen Jewell, Suzy Hennings Bland, Grace Baronas, Charlene Medlin, Valerie Stringer and Harold Deweese; and May 5, Gregg Eaton, Francis Beale, Bud Wareham and Ginger Burke Budd.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Anderson, their 35th on April 30; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jewell, their 43rd on May 3

Whitehall Baptist Church celebrated its 40th anniversary April 23 but the real celebration will be held May 5 at 5p.m. with a potluck dinner and on May 6.

Surratts-Clinton Library

Surratts-Clinton Library will host an adult program at 7:30 p.m. May 9 on Military History/Geopolitical series. Call the branch for details at 301-868-9200.

For children, Surratts-Clinton Library will offer Drop-In Storytime for ages 3 to 5 May 8 at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Pick up a free ticket before the program.

On May 9, Family Fun: A Puppet Storytime is at 7 p.m.

May 10, Cuddletime for ages 12 months to 36 months with a parent or caregiver is 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pick up a free ticket before each program.

Saturday Storytime on May 12 is 10:15 a.m.

Call 301-868-9200.

Mathew Allen Rickett

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mathew Allen Rickett of Bryan Point Road who passed away April 14 at Prince George's Hospital Shock Trauma Center in Cheverly.

He was the son of Cecil Rickett and Judy Wynn Rickett of Accokeek. He was born May 16, 1981, in La Plata. He graduated from Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine in 2000.

In addition his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Eddie Curtis and Ken Rickett; sister, Melissa; sisters-in-law, Natalie and Terri Rickett; nieces, Erin, Kayla and Ashley; nephews, Kenny Jr., Zachary and Ethan; and grandfather, Bernie Pipich.

He was a steamfitter for Hurley Co. He was accepted into the steamfitters local Union 602 apprenticeship program in September. He enjoyed racing his Suburban and boat racing, and had been his brother's main crewman since he started racing his boat in 1996. He enjoyed art, county western music and bluegrass music.

Services were held April 18 at the Accokeek First Church of God in Accokeek with the Revs. Alfred Cain and John Cain officiating. Interment followed at Shiloh Cemetery in Bryans Road. Pallbearers were Edward, Kenneth and Curtis Rickett, Nicholas Vathes, Dewey Hoskin and Jarred Clark. The Williams Funeral Home in Indian Head made the arrangements.

Mae Magdalen Langley

Sympathy to the family of Mae Magdalen Langley of Mechanicsville who passed away April 13 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Md., of heart failure. She was former resident of Accokeek, having lived at the corner of Bryan Point Road and Main Boulevard with her family. She is survived by her husband, George M. Langley Jr.; daughter, Nancy Cochrane; grandchildren, Kimberly Hunter, Douglas Hunter, Cynthia Borri and Denise Cochrane; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Jessica Borzi; sisters Maxine, Alice, Laurie, Helen Haske, Thelma Gronal and Betty Hayes; and brother, Charles W. Smith.

Mae was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Keyser, W.Va., to the late Clay W. Smith and the late Lola Blanche Swick. She was preceded in death by her daughter Lola Mae Hunter. Raised under the United Bretheen faith in Quincy, Pa., she moved to the Southern Maryland area and lived in the area for 50 years. She worked as a clerk for Montgomery Ward.

Services were held April 19 at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall at 7 p.m. Internet was private. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, or the American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3, North Building A, Gambrills, MD 21054.

Happy birthday, Emily!

Little Emily Gilroy, daughter of Debra Gilroy of Mechanicsville (and my youngest granddaughter), celebrated her 5th birthday April 19, In her honor, a party was held at her home in Country Lakes with her cousin, Kaitlyn Weldon, and five of her little friends from the Jelly Beans Day Care Nursery on Route 6 attending. She received many nice gifts and a good time was had by all.

Faith Church

roast pork dinner

A roast pork dinner will be held at Faith United Methodist Church May 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church on Livingston Road. Dinners are $10 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12, and free for younger than 6.


Gwynn Park High School will hold its graduation on Monday, June 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Friendly Senior High School will hold its graduation on Thursday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

High school reunions

La Plata High Class of 1966 is planning its 35th reunion Oct. 27. Call Ruth Ann at 301-934-4220.

Duval High Class of 1991 is planning its 10-year reunion Aug. 24 and 25. Call LaNisha Reese 301-938-5520.

Bowie High School Class of 1981 is planning a reunion.